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Thirsty Thursday: Moving Water

Rambler: Terry
Drink in Hand: Ice Water

Since we returned from Iceland, we've been stuck in two worlds...as far as photography is concerned. Our beloved Aperture is dead and we are migrating to Lightroom. Our Iceland images are the first of ours to live completely within the Lightroom workflow. While there are many things that Lightroom does better than Aperture, I'll miss its simplicity and the way the image was the highlight of the application. Such is life...adapt and overcome. I only really say this because learning a new tool is time consuming so processing images has slowed to a crawl. We're learning fast, but unlearning years of process and workflow is slow.

So, for tonight, it's just one image from Iceland. One of the many shots of moving water that we captured. More to come soon...promise.

Thirsty Thursday: Past Waterfalls

Rambler: Terry
Drink in Hand: 2010 Ancient Peaks Petite Sirah

Perusing through the archives a bit tonight and I stumbled across a couple of decent waterfall shots from an Oregon hike in the fall of 2012 that I never posted.  As I recall, the best part about this hike (besides the waterfalls) was when my Uncle and I finally reached these falls and stopped to rest. I went to take a couple of shots while he decided to rest his eyes. We had the Mas with us and, in addition to securing the ever dangerous perimeter, she noticed that my Uncle was laying on the ground and not moving. Being the astute pup she is, she felt it was her duty to ensure that he was still alive....so, she trotted over and proceeded to lick his face a few times....just to make sure he was okay. So much for my Uncle resting his eyes. #diligentdog #goodgirl #safetyfirst

For good measure, I'm throwing in another waterfall from the same hike but near Punchbowl Falls (previous posted on a Two Word Tuesday) and a shot of Massey leading my Uncle to the next waterfall.

Thirsty Thursday: Different Views

Rambler: Terry
Drink in Hand: Ventana Red Table Wine (for the price...awesome)

What is a photographer (wow, I just referred to myself as a photographer...that just seems weird) to do when he's forgotten his tripod (or doesn't have a functioning one)? Fortunately, this happens to me quite often (I think I'm lazy).  Regardless, I always seem to find a secure (or quasi-secure) place to set a camera...say, like on a rock in the middle of water.  Beth, please ignore that last sentence, I always take care on where the I put the camera...wink, wink. Okay, that was a complete lie, but I do try, I really do. The three shots in this post are of the same small waterfall in the Hoover Wilderness.  Nothing special, nothing fancy. Just me setting a camera on a rock in the middle of the water (photograph 2 and 3) or precariously on top of a larger rock (photograph 1) trying to find that perfect shot. Either way, I think they turned out.  So, what should you be doing on this three-day weekend? Well, you should be forgetting your tripod and finding a quasi-precarious place to set your camera to capture a serene moment.

Thirsty Thursday: Waterfalls

Rambler: Terry
Drink in Hand: Ventana Monterey Red Wine (Table)

The last time Beth was completing her residence weekend (at least I think it was the last time, I could be wrong here) in Portland, I was with her...well sort of.  I was staying in the same hotel room as her, but the Mas and I were out exploring.  These waterfalls were above Multnomah Falls.  Not quite as grand, but still quite impressive.  Both shots were taken using a Big Stopper filter.

The Welliver Photography Best of 2012

Well, here it is...our best from 2012. Last year wasn't a particularly prolific year of shooting for us, but we did squeeze in a few trips for some focused shooting in new spots. It's always a challenge to narrow down our favorites from the past year to a manageable collection, and in the interest of length, we decided to limit ourselves to 12 images each. Feel free to leave a comment and tell us which images are your favorites! 

Marin County: Golden Gate Bridge at Sunrise by Beth.

Panoche, CA: Brilliant Sunset by Terry. 

Garrapata State Beach: Bowling Balls by Beth.

Kaiser Wilderness: Snowy Trees by Terry. 

Switzerland: Lone Tree on a Snowy Hill by Beth.

Desolation Wilderness: Trail along Lake Aloha by Beth.

Kaiser Wilderness: Snowy Scene by Terry. 

Front Yard, Spreckels: Poppies by Beth.

Switzerland: Kapellbrücke Nacht  (Chapel Bridge Night) in Lucerne by Terry.

Switzerland: Shreckhorn by Beth.

Switzerland: Hut and Eiger by Terry.

Switzerland: Three Alps by Beth.

Switzerland: The view from Männlichen by Beth. Not the best technical execution in this photo, but the story behind this photo is epic. Stay tuned for that blog! 

Big Sur: Bixby Bridge by Terry.

Twenty Lakes Basin, Hoover Wilderness: Trail beside Conness Lake by Beth.

Twenty Lakes Basin, Hoover Wilderness: Cascade by Terry.

Twenty Lakes Basin, Hoover Wilderness: Campsite by Beth.

Columbia River Gorge, Oregon: Multnomah Falls by Terry.

 

Manzanar National Historic Site: Prayer Flags by Terry. 

Columbia River Gorge, Oregon: Waterfall by Terry.

Monterey, CA: Mustang by Terry.

Alabama Hills: Lathe Arch by Terry.

Alabama Hills: Mobius Arch, Rock, and Sierra Crest by Beth.

Alabama Hills: Mobius Arch by Terry.

Iowa: Cold Morning by Beth.

Of course Massey is wondering why she isn't included, so here's a bonus image of the dog posing like a rockstar.

Alabama Hills: Massey in the Mobius Arch by Beth.

We compiled our Best of 2012 in order to participate in Jim Goldstein's annual "Best of" collaborative project. In the next couple week's he'll post a whole long list of links to similar "best of" posts from other photographers. Be sure to check out that list as there is some truly amazing and inspiring work out there! 

Thanks for supporting Welliver Photography in 2012. Big opportunities coming in 2013...plenty of adventures to new places on tap. Here's to textured skies and nice light!

All photographs in this post are available for purchase in our Best of 2012 gallery on our store.

Thirsty Thursday: Pfeiffer

Rambler: Terry Drink in Hand: Hahn Meritage 2010

It's been a long week and it is only Thursday. One more busy day to go. I don't know about you all out there but work has been crazy busy. I get in at about 7AM and it's 100mph until I just give up at the end of the day. I've also seemed to have brought some of the work home this week...crazy. Anyways, the three day weekend is most welcome. Tonight's shots are from last weekend...a weekend we were supposed to go backpacking but couldn't because work got in the way...so instead we just went down south (all the way to Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park) for several hours. The lighting wasn't fantastic and the sunset didn't happen but I think we got a few.

Down the Coast
Just some water
Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park Falls
Old Fashion Pfeiffer
From Hurricane Point
Classic Bixby
Black & White Bixby Bridge

Thirsty Thursday: Chasing Waterfalls

Rambler: Beth Drink at Hand: TJ's 2009 Petit Reserve Tempranillo

Terry and I used to shoot a lot of waterfalls. When we lived in Japan we actually had a book the listed locations of hundreds of waterfalls. Of course, the book was in Japanese so I had to play a little game of trying to match the thumbnail map included with the directions to our bilingual road map, but we still found quite a few of the waterfalls. When we went on vacations we'd continue our hunt for tumbling water, leading to hundreds of blurred water images from all over the world--or at least all over Asia and the US.

I don't know why we don't hunt for waterfalls anymore. I know there are a few not far away along the Central Coast and spring is always a great time to go find a fall with fresh snowmelt and spring showers fueling the flow. Perhaps we just need to make time. Or perhaps we just need a little reminder...and that's what Thirsty Thursdays are for...a little reminder to go out and doing something or find something cool this weekend.

Enjoy the waterfalls. I tried to include a name or location, but some of them I don't know or don't remember.

Little Missouri River, Ouachita National Forest, Arkansas.

Another view of the Little Missouri River, Ouachita National Forest, Arkansas.

Somewhere in northern Japan.

Tucked away in the rainforest near Cairns, Australia.

Close-up of water gushing into Milford Sound in New Zealand. Terry shot this with the 100-400mm lens from a boat.

Stream emptying into Lake Superior along Pictured Rocks National Seashore, Upper Peninsula, Michigan.

Somewhere near Marquette, Michigan.

Another waterfall somewhere near Marquette, Michigan.

We spent a whole weekend scouting falls in north central Japan and found these two images along the way.

Close-up of a rushing stream near Nikko, Japan.

Get out there and explore this weekend!